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Thursday 09 May 2019
Countdown is on to McDonald’s Irish FA Foundation National Fun Football Festival

Children from across Northern Ireland are invited to descend on the National Football Stadium to play on the pitch and participate in an exciting and unique Fun Football Festival this Sunday (12 May) kicking off at 10am and finishing at 3pm.

From skills and drills to bouncy castles and music there is something for all the family at this major free-to-attend event and McDonald’s and the Irish FA Foundation are encouraging children aged 5-11to attend with their families and join in the fun.

McDonald’s Football Ambassador and Northern Ireland record cap holder Pat Jennings said: “The upcoming Fun Football Festival at the National Stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for children. It was a real privilege for me to play on this pitch as an international, and for thousands of children to have the opportunity to get involved in free Fun Football sessions on the pitch is wonderful.

"Inclusivity is a core element of the McDonald’s Irish FA Fun Football programme, and I hope that people will register and take advantage of this great event. I have to say, I’m a little bit envious of the children, the pitch is like a carpet, it wasn’t quite as smooth as this in my day."

Sunday’s event is part of the McDonald’s Irish FA four-year partnership which will run until 2022.

Fun Football Festivals are a core element of the programme along with Fun Football Sessions and the annual Grassroots Football Awards.

McDonald’s is now the longest-standing supporter of grassroots football across the UK, with 2019 marking 17 years in partnership.

Through ‘turn up and play’ coaching sessions and more Fun Football Festivals than ever before, McDonald’s will provide thousands of children with the opportunity to try football for the first time. 

These FREE Fun Football Festivals and Sessions are designed to introduce thousands of children, aged 5-11, regardless of gender or disability to football and will deliver 250,000 hours of coaching, games and fun to more than 75,000 children from across Northern Ireland. 

For further information on McDonald’s involvement in grassroots football and to find out how your club could benefit visit www.mcdonalds.co.uk/funfootballor follow @FunFootballUK on Twitter and Instagram.

Parking Map

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Parking will be available from Boucher Playing fields with a FREE shuttle bus running to the event on Sunday 12 May, 12pm. 

You can also download a booklet with contact numbers, site map and more information on the festival by CLICKING HERE